High Field MRI

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a method of obtaining detailed pictures of internal body structures without the use of radiation or radioactive substances of any kind. This is accomplished by placing the patient in a magnetic field while harmless radio waves are turned on and off. This causes the body to emit its own weak radio signals which vary according to tissue characteristics. These signals are then picked up by a sensitive antenna and fed to a computer which produces detailed high field MRI: images of the body for interpretation by trained radiologists.

High Field MRI utilizes a cylindrical tube in which the magnet is enclosed. Patients are placed in the unit lying down, either head first or feet first. Since this configuration produces optimum magnetic field strength, the signal and images produced are of the highest quality. HF MRI exams usually take 20 – 30 minutes.

The 1.5T High Field MRI is capable of acquiring diagnostic information significantly faster than other MRI systems, the MRI scanner enables our radiologists to improve the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions, including vascular disease; stroke; abdominal and brain disorders; and musculoskeletal conditions in the knee, shoulder and other joints.

Benefits of a High Field 1.5 Tesla MRI System

• Faster exams. Average scan times are 15-20 minutes
• Short bore comfortable scanner
• Comfortable exams with ultra light-weight coils
• More “head out” exams thanks to the ultra-short magnet design with
fewer issues with claustrophobia
• Dedicated coils for each body part to enhance image quality
• Improved diagnostic confidence with 1.5T image quality
• No ionizing radiation and no radiation exposure
• Ultra thin image slices (1-millimeter) improving the images our
radiologists use for climical diagnosis
• Images can be acquired 1 ½ – 2 times faster than an open system
• Less patient motion due to shorter times
• More advanced imaging techniques available that are not available on the
open scanners
• Capability to image much smaller areas of interest with detail due to a
stronger signal

Why 1.5 Tesla is the Best….

“You may not know this but a low field magnet (less than 1.5 T) puts out low quality images. Subtle and even non-subtle findings could be missed by the radiologist interpreting the scan. This is why the standard of care in hospitals when it comes to MRI is a 1.5 T magnet system. Do your patients a favor and make sure for their sake that they are imaged with the standard of care for MR imaging.”

Board Certified Radiologist

We have a 1.5 T High Field System in each of our 7 locations.